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Partnering with Sandstone Care

Sandstone Care is led by a highly credentialed team of psychiatrists, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals. We are dedicated to treating young adults and teenagers who struggle with substance abuse, addiction, and co-occurring disorders.

Partnering with treatment professionals is a foundational component of our treatment program and is recognized as being critically important to improving continuity of care and ultimately achieving long-term, successful outcomes with our clients. Together we make a real difference in the lives of the clients we work with.

For Professionals

Sandstone Care provides a full continuum of care for clients ages 13-30, but sometimes we are not able to provide services for some clients. This is why we partner with a variety of mental health and substance abuse treatment providers in order to provide the best care possible to clients in the Virginia and DC area.

Providing integrative and collaborative care is an important part of healthcare. By partnering with organizations and healthcare professionals that provide quality and consistent care, we are able to create the strongest and most effective treatment team possible.

Referring Clients to Sandstone Care

When you make a professional referral to Sandstone Care, you become our valued partner from the beginning to end.

Professionals can refer their clients to Sandstone Care by reaching out our admissions department 7 days a week or by contacting their local Community Outreach Ambassador who can act as a liaison during the referral process.

If it is determined that Sandstone Care is not the right program for your client, we will initiate what we call a “warm transfer.” Whether this happens after a clinical assessment or at initial call with our admissions team we will always provide you with the right resource, contact information, and a warm transfer to that provider.

While Sandstone Care offers a full continuum of care, some of our services may require you to travel in order to access them. Our specially trained admissions coordinators will assess your individual needs and situation to properly provide a recommendation of traveling to one of our programs or providing a local warm transfer to a more geographically convenient provider.

Working for Us

We are always focused on improving the lives of young people, which is why we make it our goal to hire individuals who have a similar goal. If you are passionate about working with teens and young adults, and believe in Sandstone Care's Inspire and Empower Change mission, we encourage you to reach out and apply for various positions at our Virginia office.

Professional Events

We regularly host a variety of events at Sandstone Care. Most events are ideal for health professionals looking for fresh perspectives, educational presentations, and training. Each educational presentation offers CEUs and CPDs.

Managing TBI & Addiction in a COVID19 World

Friday, October 30th from 9:00-11:00

Presented by: Dominique Condevaux LPC LAC

Where: Sandstone Care Zoom platform

Register Here:


Course description:

This professional development webinar is designed to educate the behavioral health specialist with a primer in treating co-occurring disorders of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorder (SUD). With similarities in outward (physical) behaviors and (mental) attitudes, differentiating between the two disorders has proven to be a challenge to many treatment providers. Following this webinar, the clinician will have additional information to better differentiate between the role of TBI and addictions in client presentation while working with clients exclusively through an online (telehealth) platform. 2 CEU's will be available.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify and define addiction and brain injury to understand the similarities and differences the two may present.
  • Identify and explain assessments used to assist in diagnosing brain injury.
  • Discuss addiction treatment modifications used with brain injured clients.


Dominique Condevaux is a licensed addiction and professional counselor, a master addiction counselor who is nationally and distance credentialed. She specializes in working with addictions, trauma, grief and transitions. Although, Dominique's private practice is located in Aurora, CO, she practices exclusively through telehealth during this unpredictable time of COVID19.

Group 101: Deepening The Process In Psychotherapy Groups

When: Friday, September 25th, from 9 am - 12 pm
Where: Online via Zoom

Do you ever get the sense that your groups could be so much better, and feel more alive? Each and every moment in a group is full of potential. It’s an opportunity for members to connect with each other and to their present experience. Tapping into the present moment is a way to access the emotional, somatic and unconscious worlds within and between. Join Marc Azoulay, LPC, LAC, CGP as we explore the concept of Immediacy in the group process. By attending this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to develop as a clinician by learning both cognitively and experientially. This workshop is brought to you in collaboration with the Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Society.


1. Be able to both define and experience Immediacy as it relates to group process

2. Apply the concept of Immediacy to your current groups with specific interventions

3. Participate in a group process that will help you to tolerate the intensity of immediate feelings

Registration Link:


Introduction to Relational Accountability with Lindsey Boes

Friday, October 9th, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm MT

***Please register in advance using the link provided***


Relational Accountability
(RA) is a Narrative approach that provides a framework for helping people identify the messages they are sending to their loved ones, both overtly and covertly, intentionally and unintentionally. Using RA, therapists can help partners and parents shift from individualistic to communal values and ethics. In addition to providing strategies for clinicians to use un sessions, RA can also be used in clinicians' personal relationships with partners, children, friends, etc. Participants will leave the training with increased awareness of their own stories, how we influence others' stories, have new Narrative strategies to use in sessions, and have an increased understanding of how power structures affect relationships.

About The Presenters

Lindsey Boes, MS, LMFT earned her BA in Psychology from Purdue University and after moving to Denver in 2011, relocated to North Dakota to complete her MS in Couple and Family Therapy from a feminist, queer affirmative program. After graduating, Lindsey returned to Denver and opened her private practice specializing in working with LGBTQ folks, women, and relationships. She began teaching as an Adjunct Instructor in the Human Development and Family Research department at UC Denver in 2016 and works to blend family science and clinical experience with her clients and students.

How to Identify and Treat Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents and Children

When: Friday, October 23rd from 9:00am-11:00am

Where: https://zoom.us/webinar/regist...

Training Description

Research suggests that while some form of Bipolar Disorder is prevalent in up to 5% of the population, about two-thirds of people with the disorder are misdiagnosed and will wait an average of about ten years before receiving proper treatment. With the average age of bipolar symptom onset at 18 years old, many children and adolescents with Bipolar Disorder go undiagnosed and poorly treated, resulting in devastating life consequences, including increased self-harm, substance abuse, and suicide. This training will focus on improving accurate diagnosis techniques and an appropriate treatment approach for Bipolar Disorder in children and adolescents.

Learning Objectives

1. To better identify childhood markers for bipolar disorder

2. Establish a more accurate diagnosis, differentiating from other typical childhood disorders including ODD, ADHD, and DMDD

3. Develop a bipolar treatment plan towards bipolar acceptance, symptom stabilization, and ongoing family education and support


Michael G. Pipich, M.S., LMFT, is a psychotherapist and author of Owning Bipolar: How Patients and Families Can Take Control of Bipolar Disorder. He has more than 30 years of experience in mental health, and has taught graduate-level courses in diagnosis and psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and substance abuse and addictions. Michael provides national professional trainings in Bipolar diagnosis and treatment along with conducting community-based Bipolar educational groups for patients and families, and has been featured in many media outlets, including KOA radio and Psychology Today magazine.
Michael holds a Master’s of Science in Clinical/Community Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

2 Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

Innovative and Interactive Approaches to Suicide Assessment and Safety Planning

When: Friday, September 18th from 10:00am - Noon MT.
Where: https://zoom.us/webinar/regist...

The likelihood of mental health and school professionals encountering suicidal ideation in their work is high when serving diverse populations suffering from mental illness, trauma, and adversity. Assessment tools, clinical steps taken, and documentation of efforts as a helping professional are vital to the well-being of both client and clinician during times of high stress. Join us as we explore modern approaches to suicide assessment and encourage discussion around the implications of technology on the assessment and coordination of safety and suicide, to be explored by helping professionals in measuring engagement, authenticity, and accuracy of risk and response within our diverse communities. 2 Continuing Education Credits will be available from this presentation.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will evaluate and explore the interaction between risk and protective factors when engaging a person at risk in a formal suicide assessment.

2. Participants will identify engagement strategies for a person at risk in suicide assessment and treatment planning to support symptom management.

3. Participants will examine documentation and resource needs to support a person at risk.

4. Participants will assess the latest technology supporting suicide assessment and safety planning in order to evaluate the appropriateness and efficacy of utilizing technology to engage a person at risk.

Khara's Bio:

Khara Croswaite Brindle, MA, LPC, ACS is passionate about giving people aha moments that create goosebumps and catalyze powerful action. Khara is honored to serve young adult professionals in her work in mental health and higher education with an emphasis on healing trauma and supporting personal growth. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and owner of Croswaite Counseling, PLLC, a group private practice in Denver, Colorado. She enjoys inspiring innovation in shared communities through her CACS Suicide Risk App as well as being the Founder and Executive Director of Catalively, a Colorado nonprofit accelerating innovation in suicide prevention to support meaningful change.

The Role of Psychological Assessment in Therapy

Friday, November 6th 9:00am - 10:30am


Training Overview

As mental health professionals, we work with each individual to gain an understanding of their experiences and help them improve their lives. Our training enables us to identify the symptoms our clients are experiencing and make appropriate diagnoses to inform treatment. However, there are often times in which it is challenging to gain a clear clinical picture. For example, someone may be experiencing a multitude of different symptoms that could be explained by a variety of diagnoses. Psychological assessment can help inform treatment by enabling clinicians to gain a more thorough picture of the client’s personality as well as their emotional and intellectual functioning.

This presentation will provide an overview of different types of psychological, personality, IQ, adaptive functioning, neurological, and other measures used in psychological assessment. You will learn when it is appropriate to refer for psychological testing, the different types of referral questions that can be answered, and how the results can inform your clinical work.

Learning Objectives

1. Gain an understanding of different types of psychological assessments

2. Learn when to refer a client for a psychological assessment

3. Learn how a comprehensive psychological evaluation can inform treatment and improve a client’s functioning

4. Gain essential information on the benefits of psychological evaluations in treatment

Join Us On Zoom

Register Here


Dr. Helene Simons, Psy. D

Dr. Helene Simons is the founder of Simons Therapy, a mental health practice in Denver, CO. Dr. Simons is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and expert in eating disorders, mood disorders, addiction, and relationships. She is passionate about empowering people to recognize their strengths and empower themselves to pursue their full potential. Dr. Simons uses motivational and strength-based interventions that encourage empowerment and insight. She values cultivating therapeutic relationships that promote self-esteem as well as personal growth and development. Dr. Simons earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She graduated with Honors and Distinction from The University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. She completed an APA accredited Predoctoral Internship at AspenPointe Health Services in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Colorado Eating Disorder Program. Dr. Simons formerly ran both the Evening Intensive Outpatient Program and Addictions Track at EDCare, an adult eating disorder treatment facility in Denver. Dr. Simons is the founder of Simons Therapy, a group mental health practice in Denver, Colorado.

Simons Therapy is a group mental health practice in Denver, CO and has a team of Doctoral level psychologists specializing in eating disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and relationships. They provide therapy in Denver as well as throughout the country. Additionally, Simons Therapy provides psychological assessments for ADHD, Learning Disabilities, neurotesting, personality disorders, mod disorders, and IQ testing, Substance use Evaluations, and Disability Evaluations.

Simons Therapy
(720) 772-6915

Dr. Jenna Gershen, Psy. D

Dr. Jenna Gershen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Simons Therapy specializing in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological and neuropsychological assessments with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Gershen is trained in administering IQ, ADHD, academic, adaptive functioning, personality, and neurocognitive assessments. She uses psychological assessment to help individuals optimize their strengths and maximize their life potential. Dr. Gershen also conducts therapy with adults to help alleviate life stressors, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. She uses an integrative approach in individual and couples therapy and personalizes treatment to each client’s specific need. Dr. Gershen earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Gershen graduated Cum Laude from Miami University in Oxford, OH. with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and minor in Family Relations. She completed her APPIC accredited Predoctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship in psychological assessment and therapy at Donaldson Wellness Center in Waxahachie, TX.

Past Events

The Art & Architecture of Feeling Lovable

Virtual Training with Dr. Patti Ashley

Experiential Interventions in Addiction Treatment: Engaging Young Adults

When: Friday, November 8th, 10am - 12pm
Location: Sandstone Care, 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite #403, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Presenter: James M Ryan, LCPC, Director of Emerging Adult Services at Ashley Addiction Treatment

About The Event: Emerging adults struggle to engage in Substance Use Disorder treatment services for a variety of reasons. Their families are challenged with a myriad of obstacles when attempting to support them in this process. Traditional treatment approaches have proven largely ineffective with these “treatment resistant” clients. Change in treatment philosophy and delivery of services is needed to improve outcomes. Through the use of experiential interventions clients are more effectively engaged and outcomes are dramatically improved.

Register For This Event Here

The Knight Foundation: Race For Recovery

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Check-In: 7:00AM-8:00am | Race Begins: 8:00am | Awards: 9:00am

Sandstone Care is proud and excited to be a sponsor of The Race 4 Recovery! This 5K is an annual run/walk event that is based on providing immediate action to those threatened from addiction and overdose. This run/walk is to promote awareness, break down stigmas associated with addition, honor those that have been lost, and support those who currently are in the fight. The event will be held at Rockville Town Square. There will also be a virtual event to enable those who can’t be there in person, or aren’t up for doing a 5K, to show your support by registering and doing a walk or run on your own and sharing a photo.

Learn More About Race 4 Recovery Here

Movie Screening: Generation Found

Date: February 26, 2020
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Frederick Community College
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21701

We are very excited to sponsor this event hosted by The Phoenix Foundation, Frederick County State's Attorney's Office, and Frederick Community College. Generation Found is a powerful film about a community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution. Please plan to join us for this awesome event as we educate our community about addiction and recovery in Frederick, MD.

Click Here to Register

Chronic Hope: Parenting The Addicted Child

When: July 24th, 2020, from 9 am - 11 am
Where: Online!

Join author and licensed therapist Kevin Petersen, MA, LMFT, as he discusses the challenges of parenting teens who struggle with addiction and mental health.

Learn More & Register For This Event!

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